Type 2 Diabetes

Does your current diet consist of sugary snacks and sodas? If so, you could be “pre-diabetic” and/or have type 2 diabetes. Sugar and insulin are two key components that ultimately determine whether or not you’re diabetic.

Your pancreas makes a hormone called insulin. This hormone takes the sugar from the carbs in the food you eat and turns it into energy for your body’s various cells. What’s not needed right away gets stored for future use. Insulin is the great regulator– it helps your body keep a good blood sugar level, ideally. However, suppose you eat a very sugary diet,…

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Thanks to ads on TV in recent times, more and more people know what IBS stands for: irritable bowel syndrome. Basically, IBS involves abdominal pain and changes in the pattern of a person’s bowel movements whereas diarrhea and constipation can be common. Generally, people with IBS complain that it messes with their daily lives, because they either have to worry about the messiness and grossness of diarrhea, or the intense pain and pushing of constipation. People with IBS typically have other problems at the same time, such as anxiety and depression. They can also feel chronically fatigued. When a…

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Women’s Issues/Heavy Periods

A woman’s menstrual cycle involves the uterus lining getting thicker to prepare for a fertilized egg– if the woman becomes pregnant. When the egg isn’t fertilized, that lining is released from the body. It comes out as blood through the vagina, and this process is called menstruation or a “period.” It typically happens once a month until a woman gets to a certain age (usually between ages 45 and 55) when she’s no longer fertile. The bleeding can last 2 to 7 days.

Why do some women get “heavy periods” where the bleeding is unusually intense? There are five reasons…

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Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease involves the inflammation of a person’s bowels. It can affect parts of the gastrointestinal tract and typical symptoms include abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, fever and weight loss. The cause of Crohn’s is unknown, but it’s thought to be a genetically inherited disease, especially for people with a Jewish background. With Crohn’s, the inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract becomes chronic. The body’s immune system starts attacking this system. It’s considered an autoimmune disease.

Did you know, for some reason, that people who smoke tobacco are twice as likely to develop Crohn’s than nonsmokers? Perhaps smoking tobacco triggers something in…

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Trigeminal Neuralgia

Sometimes described as “the most excruciating pain known to humanity,” trigeminal neuralgia involves intense pain in the lower face and jaw. Sometimes the pain also includes the area around the nose and above the eye, too. What’s happening is the trigeminal nerve is irritated, and the person is experiencing an electric shock-like pain, typically on one side of their face. This nerve involves branches to the forehead, cheek and lower jaw. Obviously, this part of the body is extremely sensitive, and when a person experiences trigeminal neuralgia it’s a debilitating pain. Jokingly they might say, “Kill me now! Put…

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Ask around and you’re likely to find out people you know and love are suffering with tinnitus. It’s quite common, with about 1 in 5 people dealing with the perception of noise or ringing in the ears. Interestingly, tinnitus isn’t a condition itself, but rather the symptom of an underlying condition. For some, it’s related to their age– the older they get, the more hearing loss they experience. Maybe they’ve had an ear injury or perhaps there’s something going wrong with their circulatory system. A lot of people assume tinnitus comes from attending too many overtly loud rock concerts…

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Thyroid Issues

Everyone has a thyroid gland. It’s part of the endocrine system and located in the front of the neck and produces hormones which maintain your body’s metabolism, which involves a series of chemical reactions that burn calories. So, when you take food in that gives you energy, if you’re thyroid is working well, the body ends up burning calories as it should. What often happens, though, is a person’s thyroid either over or under-functions. When this happens, you’ve got thyroid disease. In some cases, the gland itself increases in size, making it difficult to swallow and/or giving you a…

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Insomnia is defined as habitual sleeplessness and/or the inability to sleep. What causes it? There are a whole host of reasons a person might have a hard time sleeping, from specific substances (too much caffeine before bedtime, for instance) to medical conditions. Could it be that a person’s brain isn’t figuring out when to go into its sleep cycle, staying in the wake cycle instead? Possibly.

For many people, it’s probably medical conditions (and symptoms of these conditions) causing their insomnia. Do you suffer from nasal or sinus allergies? What about reflux, asthma, arthritis,

or Parkinson’s disease? Chronic pain can be…

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The older a person gets the more likely they are going to have certain body aches. It’s common. Ask around and people in their 70s, 80s and 90s will be able to spend hours talking about their ailments, one of which is usually arthritis. According to Arthritis.org, more than 50 million Americans have doctor-diagnosed arthritis– that’s 1 in 5 people over age 18. It’s the nation’s number one cause of disability.

Did you know regular visits to a chiropractor like Dr. Barker at New City Chiropractic in Lakeland, Florida, can help offer some relief for arthritis sufferers?

Basically, arthritis involves the…

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Arm Numbness

arm numbness

Some people call it a tingling pain. Others describe it as arm numbness. If and when your arm should feel weird, and you’re at the point where you’re dropping things because of it, you might have a serious problem.

Nerves and blood vessels run through the arm. When they’re impacted, for whatever reason, then you get arm numbness. Did you know that arm numbness might actually be starting in your neck? Your neck is made up of seven spinal bones. These stack together in a forward, bow-like curve. There are discs (cushions) in between the bones. Normally, the bones and…

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